Dinner Demonstration with Chef Greg

On Friday it was windy, gray, and the streets of Nantucket were very quiet! I finally got out of my yoga pants; put on some "going out" attire; added some accessories and makeup and was ready to have a nice evening out. Even though I was going solo, I was so happy to be walking into the Nantucket Culinary Center's event that was being held that night. The environment was warm, welcoming, and perfect for meeting new people and enjoying delicious food and wine. 

I first met the owners Joy and Greg at one of their cooking classes last Winter but lost touch during the crazy Summer months, so it was nice to reconnect with them and start working together to talk about this great business and promoting them. I make it a point to go to the cafe, which is below the culinary center at least 1-2 times a week, to not only get out of the house but to enjoy their latte's. They are so so so GOOD! And it is a great place to chat with friends, meet new friends, and work away. 

Joy and I met a few weeks ago and just started chatting away about life, food (obviously), ideas, and ways to get people involved with the events and classes they offer. You can check out the schedule here to see the amazing variety that they offer! Joy graciously invited me to come to the event held on Friday and of course I said yes. When have I ever turned down food and wine?

The event on Friday was called "Dinner Demo with Chef Greg in the Demonstration Kitchen". You walked in the door and they had family style tables set up; with appetizers set on the tables; 2 servers; and Chef Greg in the kitchen with a large flat screen TV overhead so you could watch from all angles. The kitchen is clean, modern, but also warm and comfortable. It was the perfect night for a Fall inspired feast and I was so happy to see lots of pumpkin, squash, and cranberries on the counters.

I sat down with some women from NYC who were having a "Girls Weekend" to celebrate one of their birthdays. The dinner started on time. The servers were friendly, professional,  and did a great job of making sure everyone was happy. They are very good at making sure your wine glass is always filled! The food was all local ingredients, real, simple, and so delicious. Chef Greg is funny, engaging, and obviously very talented (Chef Greg lived in Colorado for many years and loved that his favorite spot to ski was Steamboat...FUN FACT)! I enjoyed that you could talk with your new friends at the table, but also ask Chef Greg any questions that came up while he was preparing the feast. I could go on and on about my dinner, but since I will be working with Joy and Greg throughout the winter, I can always brag more in other posts. 

So start scrolling down through my pictures of these delicious Fall inspired EATS, that left me leaving that night with a very happy belly and heart. THANK YOU, Nantucket Culinary Center for inviting me to this perfect Nantucket Fall event!

Cheese & Meat Plate with Pinot Noir

Chef Greg starting the Dinner

Pumpkin Soup with Creme Fraiche  

Roasted Delicata Squash & Cauliflower over a Fennel Puree

Swordfish & Steak with Isralei Cous Cous and Bruschetta

Cranberry & Apple Crumble with a French Vanilla Sauce

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What I Eat For Dinner At Home...

Hey Monday...Hey middle of June...Hey where the heck is time going? I had such a great weekend with my little sister and her good friend on Nantucket. We ate...We drank all the rose, in honor of National Rose Day of course...We danced...We just had fun! My little sister is pretty amazing. I learn a lot from her...She is outgoing, fearless, honest, strong, and beautiful on the inside and out, a dog whisperer, and always gives BIG HUGS! She is just a blast and I am grateful for her advice and help that she gives me.  Geez where did all that sappiness talk come from...Onto the food!

I love to cook at home! My meals are definitely not elaborate. They are simple, nourishing, healthy, and pretty delicious for being so easy to put together during the week. I typically now eat 5 meals at home and 2 meals out, which is the perfect balance for me these days. At the end of a long day, I like to be able to throw a dinner together and relax in front of the TV and enjoy my guilty pleasure Bravo TV shows. Yes, I know it is bad, but these shows require no thinking and let us face it, they are comical and definitely entertaining. 

So here is what a week of meals look like that I cook at home here on Nantucket Island...

Seasoned Flank Steak with Grilled Romaine - Parmesan - Tomatoes

What I Eat For Dinner At Home

Seasoned Salmon with Roasted Zuccini - Sweet Potato

What I Eat For Dinner At Home

NJ Bagel with Seasoned Tuna Salad - Romaine - Tomatoes

What I Eat For Dinner At Home

Grilled Seasoned Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts - Romaine - Tomatoes - Feta Cheese

What I Eat For Dinner At Home

Roasted Salmon with Brussels Sprouts - Indian Bread - Avocado

What I Eat For Dinner At Home

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